The Indiana State Museum provides reasonable modifications to ensure it does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs, services or activities. We understand that visitors’ needs vary and our visitor services staff is available to help you make the most of your visit. For example, if you prefer to visit on a quieter day, we can generally advise on expected attendance. We can tell you where quieter areas are located in the museum if you need a break from noise and crowds on busier days. We’ll reach out to our colleagues to discuss activities and which galleries you should visit depending upon your needs. Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge. Please call 317.232.1637 with any questions or concerns.
Accessible parking is available in the White River State Park underground parking garage. This location offers ADA compliant designated parking spaces with signage on both levels. For raised roof vans, the upper level of the garage can accommodate a height of 8 ft., and the lower level 7 ft.
- Curb cuts are located at the corners near and surrounding sidewalks leading to the Indiana State Museum.
- Manual wheelchairs of varying size are available free of charge at the Information Station on Level One.
- Elevators to all levels of the museum and IMAX® Theater are ADA compliant.
- There are ADA compliant restrooms on all levels with a family restroom located on Level Three.
- Power doors are located at all museum public entrances.
The Indiana State Museum offers a variety of programs with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation available upon request with a 48-hour notice.
- All in-gallery videos are open captioned.
- For private events that require ASL interpretation, please contact facility rentals with a 48-hour notice at 317.232.1637.
For the visually impaired or blind visitor, the museum is best navigated and experienced with a companion. It is highly recommended that visitors plan a return visit as the museum is filled with all sorts of interesting facts, artifacts and opportunities, and it can be overwhelming to take in on just one visit. Consider purchasing a membership as this is the most economical approach.
- Service animals are welcome.
- Braille signage is in accordance with ADA requirements in areas such as elevators, restrooms and entrances.
- Taking into consideration the sensitive nature of artifacts, some displays are tactile.
- Parking is $5 when visiting the museum and free when attending an IMAX® film.
- Coat check is available free of charge on Level One at the Information Station.
- Accessible drinking fountains are located throughout the museum on each level.
- For information about the first aid room, inquire with a gallery host or visitor services staff member.
- Bicycle racks are available at the Washington Street and canal-level entrances.
- “Mom’s Room” is located on Level Two.
- A family restroom is located on Level Three.
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Interactive Tour for Visually Impaired Visitors
Visitors who are blind or low-vision can navigate interactive and tactile elements of the museum using a mobile app. The app is available for download in the App Store under the name Indiana State Museum Guide.
As a person who is blind or low-vision, you might not find museums to be your cup of tea. Traditionally filled with fascinating and historic items for people to explore with their eyes, many people who are visually impaired avoid museums altogether.
But today, with help from technology, the Indiana State Museum is a wonderful place for people who are blind and low-vision to explore with their hands and their ears. Visitors can self-guide themselves on an interactive museum tour using a mobile app.
The app guides visitors through the museum with audio directions, floor indicators, and touchable maps. Hands-on objects, such as a sample of bear fur, are pointed out, and bronze figurines representing what is shown in displays, such as a musk ox with low curving horns, can be felt. Visitors also are guided to other sensory experiences such as audio stories and a smelling station.
Visit the ticket counter, where a museum representative will help you download the app onto your own device or check out one of ours to use during your visit. The app is available for download in the App Store under the name Indiana State Museum Guide. You then will proceed on the self-guided tour.
The app itself provides an interactive guide that helps people who are blind or have low-vision navigate the museum independently. It describes key features of displays and summarizes essential points of written labels.
At the beginning of each gallery, there is a tactile map with an overview of that space. A star represents the location of the tactile map and your starting place for that gallery. On the right side of each map is a legend in braille and raised numbers that indicates where specific exhibits are located within the space. And arrows mark the entrances and exits.
The app calls out various tactile and interactive experiences. You’ll also hear about any potential obstacles, obstructions or changes in flooring. Don’t hesitate to reach out with your hands or canes, as fragile objects are well-protected.
Directions will guide you from gallery to gallery, and tactile floor guides will ensure you begin each audio stop at the right place.
When finished listening to an audio stop, press the Next Stop button in the lower right of the screen. This button is easily found using finger gestures.
Currently, the app features tours of the museum’s two newest galleries – Frozen Reign and First Nations – as well as three of the museum’s cultural galleries. More tours will be added to the app as the permanent experiences undergo renovations over the next several years.
Below, view screenshots from the app.